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Dec 28, 2012 12:00pm EST
on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. both parties head to the white house today to discuss the fiscal cliff with the president. it's at 3:00 p.m. eastern in the oval office. senate in recess until 2:00 p.m. eastern when the senate reconveneses, live coverage here on c-span2. >>> and right now on c-span2 a conversation with nebraska senator ben nelson who is retiring after two terms. >>> retiring senator nebraska ben tell me sop. years that began with the 2003 recount and reended with re-election of president obama. if you could think of the adjective to describe these years what would it be? >> clearly interesting. challenging. sometimes totally frustrating. but also full of opportunities for the country. there was some good times during the twelve years laced together with some that weren't so good. 9/11, the anthrax scare. there were positive things as well, the election of president obama, i thought it was a positive statement for the country and moving forward in a way that we have tried to move forward out of face -- fiscal as by now we came out of a fiscal as by during the times. it's
CSPAN
Dec 27, 2012 9:00am EST
's to agreement on the so- there's no agreement on the so-called fiscal cliff, but negotiations continue off the floor. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. o god, before whom the lives of all are exposed and the desires of all known, be at work in our lives. wipe away selfish interest, so that we may perfectly love and truly serve you. give our lawmakers courage as they face today's challenges providing them with the necessary skill to perform their duties and accomplish your purposes. give them the wisdom to refuse to sow to the wind, thereby risking reaping the whirlwind. may they find joy in both serving and loving you. we pray in your holy name. amen. the presiding officer: please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate
CSPAN
Dec 27, 2012 12:00pm EST
of the fiscal cliff is vital in terms of our work this week. but i continue to believe that the other body is perfectly capable of passing this legislation again before the end of the year. the amendments that are being offered all go to the issue of transparency, they go to the issue of accountability, and none of them, not a one of them would jeopardize the important daily work, what are called the issues relating to sources and methods and the work of the intelligence community, not a one of these amendments would jeopardize those ongoing kind of operations. the congress can make amendments to improve oversight and still keep this law from -- from expiring. so with respect to the reporting amendment, again, mr. president, i hope that on the argument made by the distinguished chair of the committee, that the intelligence community has that said they can't estimate how many americans' communications have been collected under section 0 702 and she has urged that senators go to the office of the intelligence committee. i just happy to colleagues, when they look at the text of the amendment,
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